Joshua  Tal

Joshua Tal

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in Upper West Side practice (updated November 13, 2019)

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Englewood practice (updated November 13, 2019)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Sleep disorders
  • Addiction
  • Loss and grief
  • Mindfulness

Professional statement

Dr. Joshua Tal is a clinical psychologist in New York City who specializes in insomnia and other sleep disorders, addiction and substance use concerns, as well as life transitions for older adults.

Dr. Tal’s approach is rooted in equal parts skills-based work and client-centered compassion. When working with clients who are experiencing insomnia, he utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), a highly-effective field in which he’s done extensive research. Such advanced training allows him to work with clients to identify what stressors and situations might be contributing towards sleep concerns, and create customized plans to return to restful, restorative sleep. Each personalized plans often entails a combination of empowering techniques, such as behavioral experiments, light therapy and 'sleep bootcamp', as well as an accurate diagnosis of what's going on.

When working with clients who are concerned about substance use, Dr. Tal utilizes an abstinence within harm-reduction approach. He often incorporates motivational interviewing, mindfulness based techniques, as well as practice active self-compassion to address self-criticism and improve self-soothing abilities.

Dr. Tal is committed to tangible, effective progress for each of his clients, and treatment is often short-term – sometimes as few as two to three sessions.

Message to clients

I'm a caring and direct psychologist with a speciality in sleep disorders. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) to help you to get the sleep your body needs. CBT-I is a rapid and effective treatment. In fact, 85% of CBT-I clients will increase their sleep by at least 1 hour with as little as 4-8 sessions. Stop letting your worries or your medications dictate your sleep. Let's work together so you can reclaim ownership of your sleep.

I also offer treatments for the issues underlying sleep disturbance including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and other mind/body health challenges. I use compassion and support to help you understand your problems, and I provide concrete coping skills and evidence based tools to help you manage these problems outside of sessions.


Sleep disorders - Exploring ways to improve sleep patterns, develop healthy sleep hygiene, master relaxation techniques, manage stressors, reduce worrying, and address insomnia

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

General expertise


Joshua Tal is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $300
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $300
  • Initial session: $300

Therapist's note

Dr. Tal can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Upper West Side practice

215 West 88th Street

Unit 1C

New York, NY 10024

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Englewood practice

174 Grand Avenue

Englewood, NJ 07631

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Please inquire for hours
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Please inquire for hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2017 - Present 
Nursing home psychologist, 2016 -Present
VA Philadelphia, Intern, 2015 - 2016 
Stanford University School of Medicine, PhD/MS, 2016  
McGill University, BA, 2009


  • English

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